Oleson leads Linn, Johnson county campaign fundraising

Marion Democrat raised almost $30,000 in race against Harris

The amount raised by candidates in Linn and Johnson county election races range from less than $100 to almost $30,000, according to campaign finance disclosure statements filed Friday.

Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson reported raising $15,300 during the July through mid-October reporting period, adding to the $13,500 he had on hand, to be the top fundraiser in Corridor county races.

Linn County

In Linn County, where the Board of Supervisors is going from five to three members, all five incumbents and the Linn County auditor are seeking election to the three seats in the Nov. 6 election.

Reports for the quarter from July to mid-October showed:

l District 1 supervisor: Stacey Walker, a Democrat, started the summer with $4,358.71 and added $6,240 in campaign contributions. He spent $4,526 with Petel and Company, a campaign resource company in Washington, D.C.

Walker’s biggest donations included $2,000 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and $1,000 from the Linn Phoenix Club.

James Houser, running as a no-party candidate after losing the Democratic primary to Walker in June, raised $3,310 in contributions and loaned his campaign almost $6,000. He spent $1,250 on postage and $4,450 on consulting services.

Houser’s donations came from individuals.

l District 2 supervisor: Democrat Ben Rogers started the reporting period with nearly $16,000 on hand, raised another $6,500 and spent a little more than $11,700. His expenses included $6,000 on consultant services, as well as printing fees and advertising.

Two of Rogers’ biggest donations came from Linn Phoenix Club and Linn County Democratic Central Committee — $2,500 and $2,000, respectively.


Linn County Auditor Joel Miller, running as a no-party candidate, raised nearly $4,600 and spent less than $400 on advertising, printing and reproduction costs. Close to two-thirds of Miller’s funds — nearly $3,100 — came from his own pocket.

l District 3 supervisor: Republican John Harris of Palo started with $2,300 and raised more than $12,600 during the reporting period, with Linn Eagles donating $5,000.

Harris reported spending about $5,000, most of it on advertising and campaign merchandise.

Democrat Oleson, of Marion, reported his largest donors were Linn County Democrats, at $4,500, and $1,000 each from Cedar Rapids Trades Council and Great Plains Laborers District Council.

He reported spending about $18,500.

l County treasurer: Democratic incumbent Sharon Gonzalez raised about $1,000 for the quarter, almost all from Linn County Democrats, adding that to $1,400 on hand. She reported spending $50 on campaign signs.

Republican challenger Denise Sotelo Westerhoff reported $190 in contributions and $2,400 spent on campaign merchandise and advertising.

Johnson County

Three candidates are facing off for two at-large seats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Incumbent Democrat Janelle Rettig reported $905 for the quarter, with the largest donations comding from the Hawkeye Area Labor Council and Johnson County Democratic Central Committee. That was added to $1,000 on hand. Expenditures totaled $1,390.

Democrat Pat Heiden far outspent her opponents win one of the two Democratic slots in the June Democratic primary.

This quarter, she reported raising $1,750, added to $1,179 on hand. Largest donors included the Cedar Rapids Trades Council, Hawkeye Area Labor Council and Johnson County Democratic Central Committee.

She reported spending $2,515, most of it on campaign signs and merchandise.


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Republican candidate Phil Hemingway reported raising $3,550, with $500 from the Johnson County Republican Central Committee and the rest from individuals.

He’s spent $1,872 on campaign merchandise and advertising.


The new Linn County supervisor district break downs like this:

• District 1: Cedar Rapids precincts 19, 22, 23 and 25-44.

• District 2: Cedar Rapids 1-18, 20, 21, 24, Hiawatha 1-4, Monroe Township 1 and 2 and Robins.

• District 3: Bertram Township, Boulder Township, Brown Township, Buffalo Township, Cedar Rapids 41, Clinton Township, College Township, Fairfax, Fairfax Township, Fayette Township, Franklin Township, Grant Township, Jackson Township, Linn Township, Maine Township, Marion 1-14, Marion Township, Mount Vernon Township, Mount Vernon north and south, Otter Creek Township, Putnam Township, Spring Grove Township and Washington Township.


• For election preview articles and videos of interviews with Linn County candidates, see

• Not sure which precinct you’re in? See


With Iowa’s new voter ID laws phasing in, Iowans will be asked to provide identification at the polls Nov. 6. Valid IDs include a valid driver’s license or non-driver’s ID, passport, military ID, veterans ID, tribal ID or a voter ID PIN card.

Voters who are registered, but showing up without a valid ID, can sign an oath verifying their identity and then cast a ballot.

Also, people can register at the polls by producing a photo ID and proof of residency.

Oct. 27 is the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot in the Nov. 6 election. Absentee ballots must be returned to the auditor’s office or postmarked on or before Nov. 5.

In Linn County, people can vote at the County Auditor’s Office, 935 Second St. SW, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and on two Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.


In Johnson County, residents can vote on weekdays 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office at 913 S. Dubuque St. A full list of satellite and early voting times and days can be found on the county’s website,

On Election Day, Nov. 6, polls throughout the state will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Information about acceptable IDs and requirements for people not registered can be found at the Secretary of State’s website.

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